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Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or Berlin? - 10/5/2018 7:18:59 PM   
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My first long game after quite some time. The game is going since May and lots of fun. The Doctor is welcome as the AAR will follow the game with quite a delay.
Random weather, light blizzard, Soviet +1 attack.

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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/5/2018 7:23:50 PM   
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Turn 1 North

Fairly standard opening in the north with one mot. corps taking Riga and Manstein going for the Daugavpils bridges.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/5/2018 7:27:32 PM   
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Center

The same is true for Army Group Center. Brest Litovsk is taken after heavy fighting. The 22nd Tank division routs, but is cut off, too.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/5/2018 7:32:53 PM   
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South

Meanwhile Army Group South surrounds much of the Soviet fighting strength in the Lwow pocket. Another secure pocket is formed around Kovel. Rovel is taken by an mot. Corps loaned from Army Group Center, but the units west of Rovel aren't pocketed.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/5/2018 7:41:08 PM   
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Losses

Ground losses are low, but the airfield bombing gives quite acceptable results.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/5/2018 7:42:28 PM   
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Air losses
Sorry for the picture sizes by the way. I will try to take smaller ones in new turns...




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/5/2018 10:03:42 PM   
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Unfortunately, because of the failure of the multiplayer system on my machine, I don't have any save games from before about turn 14 to refer back to. I will comment but can't do my own AAR with pictures until we get close to fall.

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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/27/2018 10:10:41 AM   
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Is this still going?

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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 5:14:37 AM   
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We are still playing. Blubel is working on the AAR. We are up to turn 19 now. He has really inflicted a lot of casualties but I still hold the objectives.

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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 8:39:31 AM   
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As the Doctor wrote it is still going. Sorry for the long delay in updating the AAR. I also reuploaded the first turn pictures after some image editing, so hopefully one can better read the thread now on smaller monitors.

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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 8:51:31 AM   
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Turn 2 North

The second week of the war sees the arrival of reinforcements not needed in the south and the capture of Ostrov. The northern pockets hold and most of the Soviet first echolon troops in this sector get taken prisoner.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 8:58:54 AM   
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Turn 2 Center

In the center the pocket also holds, but is only slowly reduced as much of the infantry armies march forward as fast as possible. The forest around Bogushevsk is captured opening up the landbridge. In the hopes of a fast exploitation possibility two panzer divisions are kept in reserve.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:04:08 AM   
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Turn 2 South

In the south the pocket also holds. The troops blocked at Rovno in the first week of the war are squeezed a bit more and the retreat of some more troops around Shepetovk is blocked.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:07:28 AM   
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A bit further south Proskurov is surrounded and the Romanians start to advance into Bessarabia. On a sidenote Lvov is taken as to forestall evacuation.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:16:37 AM   
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Turn 3 North

The third week of the war sees a characteristically lull along most of the front as the troops catch their breath and some fuel. In the north at Ostrov the rest of the panzer corps crosses the river and the 18th Army advances into Estonia. The troops send from AG South detrain, march forward and wait for something noteworthy to happen.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:21:18 AM   
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Turn 3 Center

In the center it is decided that there is no exploit worthy target for 2 divisions this turn, so nothing happens.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:25:50 AM   
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Turn 3 South

In the south there is some movement east and the soviet formations around Rovno are actually pocketed, even if it won't hold.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:35:16 AM   
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Turn 4 North

In AG North sector the bridgehead over the river south of Pskov is widened and the infantry begins to cross. Two of the fresh mobile divisions are sent with 18th Army to the Narva, as prior wargames have suggested that the crossing there is most likely to be unsufficiently guarded. The rest takes on more fuel awaiting the things to come.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:38:57 AM   
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Turn 4 Center

In the Center a slow advance begins to outflank the defenders of Vitebesk, while the infantry tries to catch up. The pocket of week 1 is finally cleared.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 9:54:45 AM   
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Turn 4 South

In the south the group of soviet units around Rovno are finally encircled for good. Also a good numbered amount of units are loosly encircled around Vinitsa.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:03:26 AM   
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Turn 5 Finns

The finnish people started to paretake in the struggle last week. Strangely enough there was no broadcast about it and no historical documents survive (=I forgot to take pictures). They did well, though, as can be seen by their advance on week 5 in which they managed to surround 3 divisions.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:27:02 AM   
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Turn 5 North and Center

AGs North and Center faced a dilemma in week 5 of the operation. While AG North had about 2 corps of well fueled up mobile divisions and with the Soviet troops holding Pskov a clear target, AG Center had only 3 fueled up divisions and would achieve nothing with them agaist stiff soviet resistance. Furthermore, the Soviets still sat in the swamps leading to Velikiye Luki, through which the nearing rail line was supposed to go. It was therefore decided to take almost every mobile division of AG North and South at hand and reduce this group.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:29:39 AM   
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AG Center would only be able to help a little bit with the encirclement.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:30:50 AM   
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The result was worth it, though. It also left 2 divisions of AG North as reserves for the next week.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:36:41 AM   
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Turn 5 South

In the south Odessa was reached and surrounded this week. The port still workes, though and would see the evacuation of most of the Soviet troops and industry.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:40:36 AM   
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In other parts of the southern front last weeks pocket was broken and the partaking divisions surrounded themselves.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:43:07 AM   
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With the supply source in Romania very near and much of Panzergroup 1 unoccupied however it was no problem to remedy the situation, while there remained reserves, still.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:50:07 AM   
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For his examplery performance so far Leo Freiherr Geyr von Schweppenburg was rather unexpectedly (wiki) promoted as the first General since the start of the Operation to Generaloberst.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:52:30 AM   
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Turn 5 losses

Soviet losses are reported to have crossed the million mark this week.




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RE: Blubel vs TheDoctorKing - To the Ural Mountains or ... - 10/28/2018 10:53:34 AM   
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Air losses

The air war also goes still rather well.




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